Friday, June 12, 2009

Time Is Precious

“Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.”

Let be honest with ourselves. We waste time, our most precious resource. Think of all the minutes that get thrown away spent on useless, shallow activities or events. The world is flooded with time-wasters and there is more and more fighting for our attention. Such an exponential growth is an attack upon our ability to make something of ourselves.

In an age when time-wasting is so prevalent there presents innumerable opportunities for those will full enough to resist the urge to fritter away their lives on video games, soap operas or the latest iphone APP.

What qualities do we need to utilize the fleeting time we have here and make something worthwhile of ourselves?



“Discipline is remembering what you want.”

Why is it that we do get stuck on things that waste our time? Its because we forget what we want. We forget who we are and where we want to be going. If we could always have at the fore front of our mind what our long term goals were would we really play Halo until 4 am? Would we really spend 2 hours a day watching the depressing news in the name of being “informed”? Would we really surf the net doing absolutely nothing interesting for 4 hours at work?

No. No we would not.

We would lay out a step by step process by which we would accomplish our goals. We would set intermediate goals and benchmarks to measure our progress. We would learn to say no to bar-hopping more often in exchange for more fulfilling pursuits.

How is this accomplished? How do we jolt our selves to remember what it is we want? Well, first we need to know what we want in the first place. You can't remember anything that wasn't there int the first place. Write down specific detailed goals summarize them, then come with a sentence or catch phrase that you'll associate with all those goals. What do you think you can do to help yourself remember what it is you want and what is necessary to accomplish your goals?

Is it posting your goals all over your house? I it reviewing them when you get up every morning? Meditating? Prayer? What is it? Write down your ideas and then implement them.

Practice saying “No” when you're invited to do something fun. Really, I'm being serious. The next time someone invites you to a party or to do something fun just tell them “No”. Even if you felt like you were productive that day and deserved to relax a little bit this exercise will teach you that turning people not only isn't that hard, but that it is so helpful in being productive. After you turn them down, to justify your rejection do something worthwhile that furthers your goals.

You must discipline yourself.

“For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.”


“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”

I cant count how many times I've been pumped up to being extremely disciplined only to falter because I didn't see results as soon as I was expecting. Patience is possibly more important than discipline because discipline with out patience will whither and die in its infancy.

Most things that are worth doing take longer than we want: Starting a business, writing articles, nurturing a relationship, getting in shape, winning a championship, inventing something (remember Thomas Edison?)

The best way to build patience, just a like anything else, is to practice. Be aware of when you're losing you patience and then hold on for 10 minutes longer. More often than not the result we desire is just around the corner, just 10 minutes out of reach. What a shame it is that we give up when we're so close and lose all progress.

Next time don't give up, keep going. When the desired result isn't enough to motivate you anymore do it in the name of building patience and you will achieve two goals. You'll have more patience and you'll have achieved your original goal.

“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience.”

Treasure your time by cultivating these two qualities. You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish with just 10% more discipline and patience. Then you will wonder what you could be with 50% more or 100% more. You dreams can be realized. Make them happen.

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